.22 Rimfire Reloading System + DIY #11 Percussion Caps + Berdan Primer Replacement – SHOT Show 2017

22LR Reloader + Percussion Cap System

It may seem that a lot of guns are full of innovation. They really aren’t. We jabber about them and pretend that they are exciting, but at the end of the day, it’s more of the same old stuff. I love the new details and features as much as the next guy, but this guy Brian has introduced some innovation that nobody else out there is even working on. In this video you’ll find a reloading system for all of the .22 rimfires. There is also a DIY percussion cap maker, and a system to reprime Berdan with standard boxer primers. Some of these products are already in house for individual review, but I’ll cover the basics here.

Reloading Rimfire

As Brian explains in the video, over a century ago it was commonplace to reload rimfire cartridges. The original Henry Rifle, predecessor to the Winchester level guns, was .44 Henry, and a rimfire that was reloaded. Gallery rifle in .22 rimfire were reloaded up through the early 20th century. We don’t reload rimfire now because it became cheap and available.

That all changed in December of 2012 after the Sandy Hook hoax. Rimfire disappeared from the shelves, in many cases never to return. I shop at a Walmart in Florida that has a large firearm and ammo presence, but to this day it has never gotten back in any rimfire. There are some shops that now have rimfire here, but the prices are nowhere close to what they were before the shortage. I was at a range in Tampa a few weeks ago and they were still getting $75 for a box of 500 regular old Remington .22LR.

So for those of you in the places in the US that have plenty of rimfire, stock up on it, because they are only sending it to places where the locals don’t wipe it out.

And for the rest of us, it is time to get fluent and get some experience in how to reload rimfire. The biggest hurdle is in casting your own bullets, but as I’ll show you when I do the review for my Prepping 101 column, even that isn’t rocket science.

Make Your Own Percussion Caps

Many years ago I wrote an article called “A Handgun When You Can’t Buy a Handgun.” It was about percussion revolvers from the 1850s-1870s. Another angle on those guns would be “A Handgun After They Take All The Modern Handguns Away.” You can store a lot of powder, balls, and caps in a very small space for very little money, and in most states, there is no record at all that you ever bought a handgun.

Caps have gotten somewhat expensive, and it’s funny that I’m seeing this now because this past hunting season I grabbed several hundred more caps at Walmart just to put away.

Brian’s system uses the same 4 powders that he uses for the .22 reloader, and you make the caps out of soda or beer cans. If you are a prepper, or you just own percussion firearms, this thing is a no-brainer.

Berdan Primers

I’m not going to get too deep into this, because in the review we can get into the different sizes of Berdan primers, but suffice it to say, Berdan brass is a genuine waste, and a pain. I have a bunch of Swish brass for my K31s that I refuse to throw away, and I am eager to try this system, to see how the larger 3rd hole effects ignition, velocity, dirtiness, etc. There are other methods for Berdan ammo, but none of them allow you to use standard boxer primers once you get the old primer out, nor do they allow you to use a standard decapper on subsequent loadings. This will be an interesting product. These are not yet available on the website, but feel free to use the contact box for a potential purchase date.

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  • ron reckner February 2, 2017, 8:12 am

    I have tried the 22 reloader for the past year. I had almost no success, maybe one fired in 50. The problem is with the priming compound. I bought their compound and I also tried the match head priming they recommend. I tried varying the drying times for the acetone and alcohol. I called their phone multiple times, get only a message and they don’t return a call. Ron

  • CDR Don Hurley February 1, 2017, 9:19 am

    Please provide details and availability on “reloading device for BERDEN primed” brass.

  • Jim February 1, 2017, 1:09 am

    Has ANYONE here actually TRIED this .22LR reloading system? I went to their website (http://22lrreloader.com/) but there was a complete lack of usable information. Worse yet, they DON’T EVEN HAVE an e-mail/contact address! All I wanted was a digital copy of their so-called ‘instructions’ to convince myself this might be a useful tool to have/keep in my ‘just in case’ tool box. But there is no way to get this information UNLESS you BUY THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.

    One big question I have – how does one remove the previous firing pin strike out of the spent shell casings? No mention of it anywhere.

    I say to those guys – FEA. At least until they give us lots more information – AND – till they LOWER THE PRICE. Seventy five bucks ($75) sounds WAAAAAY TOO MUCH for what few tools & chemicals are provided.

    • Paul Helinski February 1, 2017, 8:59 am

      Brian sent me a set before SHOT but I couldn’t get to it in time. Probably soon. Hey if you can’t afford it you can’t afford it. I saw some red tray winchester 22 at a miami walmart the other day for just over 6 bucks. So buy it while you can.

  • charles donelow January 31, 2017, 2:30 pm

    Honestly i wouldn’t be suprised if sandyhook was a hoax,the media has been caught up in more than one lie.

  • George McCollum January 31, 2017, 12:34 pm

    My dad had little one liners like that too, ya’no what, both our dad’s, …….. they were right !

  • Robert Bradley January 31, 2017, 12:28 pm

    Did anyone else hear it when this shooting took place, the news had said the ar15 was found in the trunk of the car? Yet Obama and his anti black rifle advocates are saying an ar15 was used! I know I heard it reported as being in the car trunk and not used! Which makes Obama a lier which we all ready know he is! Wish I had recorded it for proof when it came out.

    • Mike January 31, 2017, 7:08 pm

      I remember seeing a report where a news helicopter flew over the car while it was in the parking lot and it showed them taking it out of the trunk of the car. One of those things that make you go hmmmm

  • bob white January 31, 2017, 12:00 pm

    What is the pay scale for the GA interviewer at the annual shot show?

    • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 1:22 pm

      Well this guy doesn’t get paid anything, which is why we tolerate his gross incompetance.

  • RudeDog January 31, 2017, 10:53 am

    Thank you for calling Sandy Hook exactly what it was … A hoax … better, Sandy Hoax.

  • Tony January 31, 2017, 10:36 am

    Sandy Hook was a hoax? Interesting. That’s the first time I’ve heard that particular conspiracy theory.
    Seems easy enough to verify. Aren’t birth and death certificates public record in Connecticut?
    Wouldn’t it be easy enough to find any of the 26 allegedly dead peaople still alive? Or did all the parents agree to have their children swept away forever to a secret government complex? Or did they never exist in the first place?
    If this was a hoax, wouldn’t the NRA, the gun industry, and every investigative reporter in the country (regardless of political bias) do everything in their power to uncover the hoax? Would there not be an army of P.I.s looking into it? Would there not be leak from any one of the thousands of people that would have to be involved to pull off such a hoax?

    I’ve heard a lot of conspiracy theories in my day, but this one feels the most flimsy.

    • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 1:26 pm

      The dead people for the most part didn’t exist. They take old photos of kids so nobody will recognize them. The principle Dawn Hochsprung actress has indeed turned up at other hoaxes.

    • jay January 31, 2017, 6:39 pm

      if you do youre research you will see just how fake sandy hook was , state leaders blocked death cert releases , if you google “crisis actors” it will make you say wow, there are company s who literally set up fake major ” crisis scenes” , i never realized that, also in depth multiple casing were found at the scene that never had Adam Lanza’s ,nor his mothers prints on them , state crime labs said only prints recovered were from ” staff fingerprints” the building was considered condemned from mold from hurricane’s and yet children were still attending there ? this whole thing stinks , i go by facts collected ,and the facts ive seen ,point to a staged “crisis”, enough do youre own research folks ,the obama regime was a nasty deal , but this was bowing to an all time low .

    • Mike January 31, 2017, 7:11 pm

      Do you really trust obama and the media? That is what is pretty flimsy to me. Wouldn’t it fall under false news reporting if it did.

    • Boss January 31, 2017, 7:36 pm

      I don’t know if it was a conspiracy, but I do believe something was hidden from us.
      The police chief took the shooter’s hard drive into custidy and said that it was too damaged to read.
      After saying they couldn’t find out who he (the shooter) was communicating with.
      No FBI required.

  • Really? January 31, 2017, 9:52 am

    When gun folks start calling each other idiots, morons, etc. is when the libtard/gun grabbers start to win. It might even have been part of the reason behind Sandy Hook.
    I certainly am all for debate, but when respect for another’s opinion goes away, we are turned against one another. Some day we may need one another. We need to stick together.

    (and I do think Sandy Hook was a total hoax)

  • Chris Baker January 31, 2017, 9:48 am

    I have no problem getting 22 rimfire online. Even though sportsman’s guide claimed that CCI wasn’t making Stinger 22s any more that turned out to be false. Do a little searching and you can find all the rimfire ammo you would ever want and at reasonable prices too.

    • Larry Milam January 31, 2017, 2:29 pm

      I’m finding a plenty of 22 LR also but it’s $6 and up for a box of 50. The price is staggering. We’re being raped here folks…and not a darned thing we can do other than stop shooting and buying 22LR.

      • Jg February 1, 2017, 4:21 pm

        I have no problem finding 22 Lr for $.06 a round all day long. You just have to know where it look. I will only pay over that price but no more than $.08 a round if it is CCI mini mag or stinger. Florida has 22 you just need to know where to look.

  • Paul Brown January 31, 2017, 8:04 am

    I’m all for guns, but this “Sandy Hook was a hoax” stuff is absurd and dangerous. I can’t say the incident changed how I feel about guns (love em), but it sure changed how I feel about at least part of gun culture. Just because you follow self-affirming conspiracy theories doesn’t make you thoughtful, literate, or any less like “sheeple”. If anything, folks who get into their tiny Infowars/Breitbart/RT news world are even worse than somebody who strap in and watch MSNBS, FOX, and CNN. Grow up; I hope you’re more responsible with your firearms than you are with self-educating yourself with the world of information there is out there.

    • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 8:53 am

      You should do some research before explaining how much of a moron you are. Your opinion is irrelevant. I know it’s hard to accept, but there is only one thing that’s true. Only one thing really happened that day. Go see if you can’t find where Wayne Carver’s press conference hasn’t been wiped off the web, where he couldn’t remember how many males and how many females there were, and wouldn’t comment on the caliber of the weapon, and watch the state police chief’s eyes as he blows his lines.
      Maybe also check out Robbie Parker’s giggling caught on camera, the day his daughter was supposedly killed.

      People like you are the problem Paul. Contempt prior to investigation. Our world is melting down while you try to ‘splain how those of us who are trying to save it are wrong.

      • Rattlerjake January 31, 2017, 11:22 am

        Hey Paul, the problem with the “right” is that we have just as many brainless sheeple as the left does. They insist on accepting anything the government tells them instead of doing the research. The first question I ask them is “Why did they tear this school down, and did it extremely fast?” There is only one reason, to destroy the evidence so that further investigations could NOT uncover the fraud involved. Secondly, Why is it that some these “parents” have mysteriously appeared in other crises’. And lastly, with all of the “immediate” coverage by both leftist and conservative journalists, why are there NO photos (NOT ONE) of any of the dead being removed from the school, NOT ONE PHOTO of dead or injured, including the shooter. PT Barnum was dead on when he said “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

        • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 1:23 pm

          They didn’t even allow the first responders past the firehouse and declared everyone dead without doctors or MEs by 9am or so. The whole thing is absurd.

    • Mike January 31, 2017, 7:16 pm

      The whole hoax thing can be laid to rest with a simple court order to exhume one of the bodies. If there it happened. If not it didn’t then the questions needs to start

      • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 8:43 pm

        Yea try to even ask a question of anyone in Newtown. You’ll be escorted out of town. Newtown is where our industry organization NSSF is located btw. Coincidence?

  • Ron Cannon January 29, 2017, 7:21 pm

    I am a hardcore 2A guy and a gunsmith.I find it kind of hard to believe that you called Sandy Hook a hoax.Tell the parents that their dead children are a hoax.you have no class.

    • Paul Helinski January 30, 2017, 6:47 am

      Nobody died at Sandy Hook. Go search youtube for that and you’ll be shocked.

    • BillyBob January 30, 2017, 8:39 am

      Gunsmith ? Do you have an FFL ? Since I can\’t find you in the FFL easycheck you must be a FELON ? (illegal gunsmith )

    • Jay January 31, 2017, 5:25 am

      Sandy Hook was pushed as real, even the school was a closed down unit, security cameras had been removed etc… there is far more proof of a Hoax than anything real. If not, I want to see the pictures of all the autopsies and evidence of each and everyone which is suppose to be chronicled as evidence, there are none to see, not even with or under the freedom of information act, even some of those so called deceased kids show up in school pictures around the USA!

    • CharlesInCharge January 31, 2017, 8:33 am

      Just like we never landed on the moon, Elvis is still alive, global warming isn’t real, and there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll. (Meant to be read with a tone of sarcasm)

      • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 8:38 am

        Meant to be read with a tone of fucking idiot is more like it. It is going to be nice when all of the lazy brained people die off.

        • Chris Baker January 31, 2017, 9:52 am

          You don’t win anyone over to your side when you call people names instead of citing evidence. Being rude and calling names just makes it so no one believes you.

          • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 1:31 pm

            I don’t have a side Chris. Americans have completely forgotten that the truth is not an opinion, nor is it subjective. Either a 90 pound weakling kid killed 24 kids and 2 teachers with an instant 100% kill ratio, or he didn’t. What do I care what you believe?

      • Rattlerjake January 31, 2017, 11:43 am

        Charles, It\’s people like you that allow governments to be corrupt! When the FACTS prove something is a lie, why do you fools insist on believing a canned government report? That\’s like believing anything that come out of Buttcrack Ovomit\’s or HilLIAR-y\’s mouth. If you seriously believe in global warming there is NO help for you. Basic science disproves their entire theory because GASES CAN\’T TRAP HEAT! Gases simply absorb heat and release it as soon as the surrounding temperature decreases, NO TRAPPING INVOLVED. Secondly, CO2 is 0.039% of our atmosphere, it is considered a TRACE gas. Secondly, go and talk to any \”REAL\” military sniper and ask them if ANYONE could have used an old bolt-action rifle (iron sights or scope) and fired three successive shots at a target moving away at that distance, angle, and speed with success – they will laugh at you! And last, if we actually when to the moon, then explain how it is that NASA claims that they are still working on how to get through the radiation belt (Van Allen\’s Belt)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDBBUwdyz4I
        By the way, Elvis is dead, but I like the way you threw it in there to make the rest of the subjects look ridiculous, nice try!Inattention and acceptance without fact by sheeple is the reason that government is getting away with the corruption they do!

        • Tony January 31, 2017, 12:20 pm

          Wait. We did not go to the moon? Why haven’t those pesky Russians exposed that hoax yet? They have had 50 years to do it and expose the US government for all biggest lie in history. They could have easily exposed it by now. Did they waste a golden opportunity for communism?

          • Paul Helinski January 31, 2017, 1:22 pm

            Because if they publicly come out about any of the big ones they will have to out the warming and geoengineering and people will be killing each other in the streets in end of the world pandemonium.

    • RudeDog January 31, 2017, 10:58 am

      Open your mind and examine the evidence … doh, if you can find any …show me the pictures, and I’ll shutup. Do you realize what Obama, Holder and Democrats are trying to do you? The bullet that just went wizzing past your head in the last election? It just missed us. Wake up.

    • Rattlerjake January 31, 2017, 11:25 am

      The first question: “Why did they tear this school down, and did it extremely fast?” There is only one reason, to destroy the evidence so that further investigations could NOT uncover the fraud involved. Secondly, Why is it that some of the “parents” have mysteriously appeared in other crises’, with DIFFERENT names. And lastly, with all of the “immediate” coverage by both leftist and conservative journalists, why are there NO photos (NOT ONE) of any of the dead being removed from the school, NOT ONE PHOTO of dead or injured, including the shooter. PT Barnum was dead on when he said “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

      Inattention and acceptance without fact by sheeple is the reason that government is getting away with the corruption they do!

      • jay January 31, 2017, 7:47 pm

        well the word got out ,the public isn’t compromised of 100% rubes like some of the commentator’s on here ,lol, the election results prove that , we the people are tired of being force fed lies

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